One of that noted group of writers that brought The New Yorker thurber1into prominence during the 1930s, humorist James Thurber was born on December 8, 1894.

At The New Yorker, Thurber shared an office with E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, who had a strong influence on his writing, which primarily consisted of humorous essays and short stories, illustrated with his own idiosyncratic drawings. Most of ;his writing and artwork found its way into published collections such as The Owl in the Attic (1931), The Seal in the Bedroom (1932), and My Life and Hard Times (1933). One of his best known stories,”The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” was published by the The New Yorker in 1939, became one of his best-known works. It was the subject of two film adaptations, one featuring Danny Kaye in 1947, the other Ben Stiller in 2013. Thurber hated the 1947 version and probably would have felt the same about the 2013 film.One of his books, My World and Welcome To It, was turned into an award-winning television series in 1969-1970 starring William Windom.

Thurber included dogs in many of his drawings, saying that the dogs represent balance, serenity, and is a “sound creature in a crazy world.”

Thurber died in 1961.


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